Nigeria's federal government is planning to pump out a gigantic amount of around USD 110 million in reconstructing nine public buildings that are presently in a bad shape. The news of reconstruction is being confirmed by Babatunde Fashola, who currently the Federal Minister of Power, Works and Housing.
According to Babatunde Fashola, the decision of the federal government to go ahead with the maintenance is an economic decision and it is generally meant to empower Nigerians at the base of the economic pyramid especially those who are artisans. "It is also meant to empower the middle class; those who are in small and medium scale enterprises, manufacturers of cottage industry produced equipment and generally drive the growth of Nigeria's economy," Fashola noted.
The project, in an elaborate way, includes the prison, court, hospital, federal secretariat, a federal government college and four of blocks of building in the ministry of Power, Works and Housing including the powerhouse. "We thought that if we pursue maintenance at about USD 1.6 million to USD 2.4 billion per annum, those buildings can achieve their desired life of between 50 to 70 years. If we had USD 110 million in any event, instead of using them to replace existing buildings, we should be using them to expand and provide more for our growing population," Fashola added.
The said project is likely to provide job opportunities to at least 400 people as one school will need around 34 people, and there are about 104 unity schools. According to Construction Review Online, the parking lots will have designated number of parking spaces for people living with disability. And the airports will also have to be retrofitted and redesigned to provide a dedicated channel for entry and exit points as seen all over the world.